Heart of the Rockies Christian Church in Fort Collins, CO

Worship | New Schedule this Fall

On September 9, we kicked off our six-month experiment with Sunday mornings. Not only will we use this time to imagine and plan for the launch of a new service (not on Sunday mornings) we’ll also relish this opportunity to connect with our whole church family!

9 a.m. – Education Hour
10 a.m. – Worship
11 a.m. – Fellowship Hour

Read more about our experiment here…

Heart of the Rockies Christian Church has a history of opening new chapters; trying different things; thinking outside the box; cultivating bold relationships. It’s not just who we are. It’s who God created us to be.

Look! I’m doing a new thing;
now it sprouts up; don’t you recognize it? 
Isaiah 43:19a

In 2016, our congregation identified five Mission Priorities to guide us through the next 5-10 years. You can see what we’ve been up to hereOne of those priorities is “Exploring Worship in Alternate Forms.”

Where that’s led:

  • To the formation of AWE—Alternate Worship Exploration—by our church Board. This team represents a wide variety of ages and stages in our congregation and has been meeting since May. The team’s purpose is to develop a service of worship beyond the scope of Sunday morning.
  • To a worship survey. Over 80 people gave their input through a survey available in worship and online in June. We’ve prayerfully listened to and studied that feedback, which has been incorporated in…
  • To a discernment process regarding Sunday morning worship.AWE and the church Board collaborated to develop a new Sunday morning format to guide the next 6 months of our worship.

What’s next:

  • A six-month experiment with one Sunday morning service. What to expect on Sunday mornings beginning Sunday, September 9:

9 a.m. – Education Hour
10 a.m. – Worship
11 a.m. – Fellowship Hour

  • An evaluation of our Sunday morning experiment AND our community’s needs for a new service. Our visioning process for a new service will benefit from conversations with two local congregations in a similar process. All three of our congregations have been selected for a Lilly Endowment grant focused on music and worship.
  • The launch of a new service beyond Sunday morning to coincide with the start of Lent (March 6, 2019). Look for ways you’ll be able to help AWE in their discernment about this new service.

Why we’re excited about our new Sunday morning experience:

  • Increased energy and deeper connections—two by-products of our one-service schedule last Advent and this summer. “Can we do this more often?” has been a loud refrain over the past 18 months when we’ve worshipped together in one service on Sunday mornings.
  • A blended style of worship. Overwhelmingly, the worship survey indicated a positive response to a blended style of worship (music, format, etc.).
  • Resources in worship doubling. We imagine…the choir singing more regularly; an expanded opportunity for guest musicians; more variety in the voices we hear in worship.
  • Enhanced fellowship. A few months ago, a pizza delivery guy wandered in to drop off pies for one of our Seasonal Action Leadership Teams after worship. “Wow, there’s some good energy in here,” he remarked. The conversations and connections that happen before and after worship are vital to how we create community. We imagine an opportunity for special presentations, facilitated conversations, and just plain fun during a dedicated fellowship hour at 11 a.m.

And, ultimately, our biggest anticipation and greatest excitement is what God is going to do through our congregation as we prepare to launch an experience of worship beyond Sunday mornings. Will you join us in praying for the work we’ve been commissioned to do, the people we’ll encounter along the way, and the path God is making for us?

I’m making a way in the desert,
paths in the wilderness.
Isaiah 43:19b

In excitement, anticipation, and hope,
The Alternate Worship Exploration Team (AWE)
Betsy Davis-Noland (Team Leader), Sue Anderson, Connie Johnson, Ruth Meyers, Bev Soucek, Kyle Steffen, Bill Stout